Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Having not played a preseason game and hardly any scouting material, the Georgia Force went into last week's 2011 Arena Football League season opener against the Tulsa Talons pretty much cold.
After getting the win anyway, Force coach Dean Cokinos figures to know considerably more of what his team is in for in Game 2 against the Jacksonville Sharks tonight at 8 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
"We've got some game film (on Jacksonville) this time," Cokinos said. "And (the Sharks) have a lot of history with (quarterback) Aaron Garcia."
Indeed, Garcia has plenty of history as the AFL's all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdowns in his 17th season.
But in a way, the Georgia defense may actually welcome seeing Garcia, a more traditional pocket passer, after chasing Tulsa quarterback Bobby Reid all over the field as he gained 96 yards with four touchdowns in last week's opener.
"Garcia is a more prototypical Arena League quarterback," Cokinos said. "He's a pure thrower. (Reid) couldn't be any more different. We slowed our pass rush down (in the second half against Tulsa) and stopped bringing the extra guy. ... We gave up some touchdowns on broken plays last week. ... This week, we'll look to get after it."
In addition to getting more pressure on the opposing quarterback, the Force will look to clean up some parts of their offense, which worked pretty well in last week's opener as Brett Elliott threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, while C.J. Johnson hauled in 10 passes for 106 yards and had a big day on kick returns, including a 56-yard for a score.
"We scored on all but two possessions last week," Cokinos said. "The two drives we did not score were very sloppy. So, we're looking to clean that up."